Morning Sports Update

posted by Todd Walker -

>>Ravens Destroy Dolphins On "Thursday Night Football" 

(Baltimore, MD) -- Jimmy Smith's 50-yard interception return for a touchdown capped the Ravens' 40-0 demolition of the Dolphins on "Thursday Night Football" at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore picked off Miami quarterback Matt Moore twice. He got the start in place of the injured Jay Cutler. The other interception was taken back from 63 yards out by C.J. Mosley for a score. Joe Flacco threw a TD pass before being knocked out of the game on a vicious, dirty hit by 'Fins linebacker Kiko Alonso. The team already announced Flacco has a concussion. The Ravens are now 4-and-4. Miami fell to 4-and-3.

>>Stanford Escapes With Win

(Corvallis, OR) -- No. 20 Stanford needed a 3-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds remaining to beat lowly Oregon State 15-14. Keller Chryst connected with JJ Arcega-Whiteside on the winning score for the Cardinal, who won their fifth straight despite playing without injured Heisman candidate Bryce Love. Beavers running back Ryan Nall fumbled at his own 40 with 2:30 left, and Chryst kept the winning drive alive with a 25-yard pass to Kaden Smith on fourth down.

>>Toledo Blows Out Ball State

(Muncie, IN) – Sophomore wide receiver Diontae Johnson scored three touchdowns and senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 267 yards and three scores as Toledo rolled to a 58-17 victory over Ball State in Muncie on Thursday.

The victory moves to Toledo to 7-1 on the season, 4-0 in Mid-American Conference play. It also sets up as showdown with West Division rival Northern Illinois in the Glass Bowl next Thursday. Ball State falls to 2-6, 0-4 in league play.

>>NIU Rallies For OT Win

(DeKalb, IL) – Trailing Eastern Michigan by two touchdowns with less than a quarter of football to play, the Northern Illinois University Huskies staged a furious comeback to claim a 30-27 overtime victory over the Eagles at Huskie Stadium Thursday night. 

Tailback Marcus Jones scored on a nine-yard touchdown run to give the Huskies the win, after the NIU defense held EMU to a 35-yard field goal on its overtime possession.  

With its sixth win of the season, NIU attained bowl eligibility for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons and improved to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the Mid-American Conference.  Eastern Michigan lost for the sixth time in eight games with all six of its losses coming by a total of 23 points, including three in overtime.

>>Ohio State Hosts Penn State Tomorrow 

(Columbus, OH) -- It's a blackout during the day tomorrow at Ohio Stadium. Number-six Ohio State and number-two Penn State square off in a Big Ten showdown. The Buckeyes are 6-and-1 and 4-and-0 in conference. PSU is 7-and-0 and 4-and-0. The two schools, along with Michigan State, are tied for first in the East division.

>>Browns Face Vikings In London On Sunday 

(London) -- The Browns and Vikings meet Sunday morning at Twickenham Stadium in London. Cleveland is 0-and-7. Head coach Hue Jackson is sticking with rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer as the starter. The Vikings are 5-and-2. 

>>Browns' Garrett Not In London 

(Berea, OH) -- Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett is staying back home and not traveling to London. The number-one overall pick in the 2017 draft is in the concussion protocol. Garrett's only played in three games this season, but has compiled four sacks. 

>>Bengals Host Colts On Sunday 

(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Bengals try to get back in the win column on Sunday hosting the Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati had a two-game winning streak end with a 29-14 loss to the Steelers during Week Seven. The Bengals are 2-and-4. Indy is 2-and-5.

>>Cavs At Pelicans Tomorrow 

(New Orleans, LA) -- The Cavaliers try to rebound ending their two-game road trip versus the Pelicans tomorrow night. Cleveland started the stretch with a 112-107 loss to the Nets on Wednesday. The Cavs are 3-and-2, while New Orleans is 2-and-3. The Pelicans are coming off a 114-106 at the Kings last night. 

>>Blue Jackets Host Jets 

(Columbus, OH) -- The Blue Jackets close out a four-game homestand tonight against the Jets at Nationwide Arena. Columbus beat the Sabres, 5-1, on Wednesday to improve to 6-3-and-0. Winnipeg is 4-3-and-1.

>>Reds Have Four Finalists For Gold Gloves 

(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Reds have four players up for a Gold Glove at their position. Catcher Tucker Barnhart, first baseman Joey Votto, left fielder Adam Duvall and center fielder Billy Hamilton are all under consideration. Winners for the honor are going to be announced on November 7th on ESPN.

>>Four Indians Finalists For Gold Glove 

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Indians have four players up for a Gold Glove at their position. Shortstop Francisco Lindor, first baseman Carlos Santana, third baseman Jose Ramirez and catcher Yan Gomes are finalists for the honor. The winners get announced on November 7th on ESPN.

>>Indians Hire Willis As Pitching Coach 

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Indians have found their replacement for Mickey Callaway. Carl Willis will the next Cleveland pitching coach after being on John Farrell's staff with the Red Sox the past two-and-a-half seasons. Callaway is now the Mets manager. Willis is 56-years-old.

>>Yankees Part Ways With Girardi

(New York, NY) -- The Yankees have fired Joe Girardi after 10 seasons as manager even though the team came within one win of advancing to the World Series. Girardi just finished a four-year, $16 million contract with a Game 7 loss to the Astros in the AL Championship Series, and Yankees general manager reportedly recommended to owner Hal Steinbrenner that the team should change managers. Girardi went 910-710 in the regular season to record the sixth-most victories ever by a Yankees manager but won only one World Series.

>>Dodgers, Astros Resume World Series Tonight 

(Houston, TX) -- The Dodgers and Astros resume the World Series tonight with Game Three in Houston. Yu Darvish will take the mound for Los Angeles, while Houston counters with Lance McCullers Jr. After record World Series temperatures outdoors in Los Angeles, the teams will now be in controlled environment of Minute Maid Park. The best-of-seven matchup is tied at one after the teams split the first two games in LA. The Dodgers took Game One 3-1, before the Astros bounced back for a wild 7-6, 11-inning win in Game Two. Houston will also host Game Four tomorrow and Game Five on Sunday.

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